Monday, September 28, 2009

Volunteers Needed for Make a Difference Day

Roll up your sleeves and join hundreds of local residents in our community by volunteering for Make a Difference Day!

Two hundred-fifty volunteers are needed to make a difference in our communities throughout Darke, Miami and Shelby Counties on October 23 and 24 in celebration of Make a Difference Day, a national day of volunteering.

Volunteers are needed to complete nearly 20 community service projects, ranging from hosting Nintendo Wii parties for older adults to literally putting a roof over the head of a local kidney transplant recipient. Project volunteer opportunities are available from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on both October 23 and 24. Volunteers, we need you to sign up.

Volunteers can be individuals or groups; anyone that can carry out a volunteer project that helps others with specific projects available throughout Darke, Miami, and Shelby Counties. Just visit or call HandsOn West Central Ohio in Greenville at (937) 548-8002. All ages are welcome!

Volunteering is not only an opportunity to help others through actions, but to learn more about each other, ourselves, and how we can work together as a strong team. Participating in a Make a Difference Day provides a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about an agency and to see firsthand how your donations can make a difference in someone’s life.

Make a Difference Day activities are coordinated regionally through a partnership between five local nonprofit organizations, including Darke County United Way, HandsOn West Central Ohio, Piqua Area United Way, Tipp City Area United Way, and Shelby County United Way. The group hopes to engage hundreds of volunteers from local churches, businesses, schools, and more in service projects that help nonprofit organizations better serve area residents in need.

Make a Difference Day is a national day of volunteering sponsored by USA Weekend. More than 3,000,000 volunteers nationwide participated in Make a Difference Day 2008, held annually on the fourth Saturday of October since 1992. Ohio has led the nation in the number of service projects sponsored in conjunction with Make a Difference Day since 2000. Last year, more than 40,000 volunteers completed over 1,000 community service projects in Ohio for this national day of helping others.

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